Masticatory Muscle Myositis
General information on Masticatory Muscle Myositis
Masticatory Muscle Myositis is a condition that affects the muscles on the sides and top the head that interfere with the dogs ability to chew and is painful especially when opening the mouth. This is an inflammatory condition where the dogs own immune system attacks its own masticatory muscles.
Masticatory muscle myositis can be sudden (acute) or over a long time (chronic).
Symptoms of Masticatory Muscle Myositis
Early Symptoms may be a fever and local lymph node swelling. This can be missed.
Symptoms of Masticatory Muscle Myositis include the dog having pain when opening its mouth. The dog may not want to eat because of the pain while chewing. The dog may drool more and have swelling of the facial muscles.
Treatments for Masticatory Muscle Myositis
Treatment for Masticatory Muscle Myositis includes medication to suppress the immune system. Some times high doses of prednisone or dexamethasone can be used until the jaw begins to open normally. After that, the dose may be gradually tapered off. If the dog isnít responsive to medicine, a feeding tube could be required.
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Masticatory Muscle Myositis experience by - RaShann
Great Bend, Kansas
I have a 4 yr old boxer that was diagnosed with MMM about 3 weeks ago. We had him on 80 mg of Pred. for a week, which as working well and then she dropped him down to 40 mg daily. Too much too soon. He has gotten very bad the last three days. Cannot close mouth, eyes bulging, muscle mass gone. I have started him back on the higher doses and will decrease to 60 mg after a few days. I also ordered three supplements I read about that was giving to dogs with this along with Prednisone: Standard Process Canine Hepatic Support, 4Life Transfer Factor Classic, and Standard Process Ferrofood. I am praying that these along with the Prednisone will bring my boy back around. Right now I am really scared he isn't going to make it.
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